Book Giveaway on Amazon

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs: A Monster Slayer Book (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/7164358812bdfc18 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Nov 7, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.
Giveaway Summary:
webpage-front Title: YA New Adventures – Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs
Entry Message: Thanks for participating in this kickoff to a new YA book by Gordon Brewer. Good Luck
Duration: Oct 23, 2016 7:18 AM PDT – Nov 7, 2016 11:59 PM PST
Prize: Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs: A Monster Slayer Book (Kindle Edition)
Number of Prizes: 12

A competition to spend Halloween in Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.

Might be too late but I like this cool link to a great Halloween trip. Bram Stoker’s great-grand-nephew Dacre Stoker, who has teamed up with Airbnb to offer two people the chance to spend the night of 31 October in Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.  via Deathbed and breakfast: what’s your ideal horror fiction holiday? | Books | The Guardian

Also a news about Smashwords enhancements to Coupon Manager – For those using Smashwords, their coupon features have been upgraded.  Take a look at the link . via Smashwords.

 

 

625,327 Self-Published e-books were released in 2015

Now that’s an impressive number to me but, honestly, I thought there would be more.  Turns out I’m correct in my thinking.  Further reading finds this is ONLY accounting for ISBNs directly sold by Bowker (which I now use).  Apparently the count of ISBNs used by vast majority of self-published authors are not even released by the big dogs like Amazon and B&N, etc.

You can find more info in the article link below.

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Using Wattpad

In my quest to build contacts and learn from other writers, I’ve taken the plunge over to Wattpad with some of my current stories.  This includes some drafts of upcoming books/novellas to see the response and interest levels.  Hopefully, this will eliminate some of the long absences on my updates/blogging due to my focus on writing/creating my books. In my short time on Wattpad, I’ve noticed some great writers so please stop by and take a look at some very creative people and their works.  The link to my profile is here.  

In other news, I’m moving my print additions away from Createspace.  I’ll avoid my personal rant about their “so-called” service but suffice to say, Lulu.com is my new home for print copies as well as much of my ebook publishing which gives me more flexibility (they offer more variety, etc.).  Also, I’m now using my own ISBNs and find this a better solution as well. I question Amazon’s commitment to distribution and I found out that using a Createspace ISBN is not the way to approach local bookstores.

My Lulu Author site is on this link.  I hope you can stop by and give it a look.

Upcoming Schedule:

For a few who have asked, I’m currently working on the following books in this order (for now).

Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs was just released in ebook form (Amazon, B&N, etc.) and I’m currently awaiting a print copy from Lulu to insure all looks as expected.

Infinite Loop (a new paranormal mystery novel) – coming out Early to Mid November. Totally different from my other work.

Downfall of the Gods (Final Book of the Clovel Sword Chronicles) should be wrapping up by the end of 2016.

Shadow Over Charax (another dark fantasy story) – This book is set in a world comparable to the 16/17th century Europe and Asia.

Finally, a plug for my newest release.

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.
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Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs Available Today

I’m happy to announce my latest novel is now available on  Lulu (epub) and IBookstore (Apple) as of this morning in Ebook form.  Publication on Amazon and B&N along with others is coming as I write this.
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Back cover synopsis:

Long before becoming a heroic legend with his destruction of Grendel, Beowulf is a young leader on the rise. Impulsive and eager to prove his noble nature, an inexperienced Beowulf receives an offer to rid the lands of the feared Dreygurs. Like any restless warrior of seventeen, the Geat champion quickly accepts. While Beowulf and his thegns travel through ravaged lands where myths and magic are real, they discover the tension between old pagan ways and a new found religion. In his quest to destroy the deadly monsters of Bernicia, the future hero learns pride and foolish bravado can be as lethal as the magical terrors they face. As he and his group suffer setbacks and inner turmoil, self-doubt begins to cloud the mind of Beowulf. The undead beasts, controlled by a malevolent sorceress and her underworld allies, could put an end to his destiny of becoming the world’s greatest Monster Slayer.

I hope you enjoy this story as it is my first young adult novel.  I tried to instill the flavor of the great epic poem I remembered from middle school by wondering how a 17 year old Beowulf learned to become a hero.  Beyond that, I decided to capture the 6th century world as the Geats, Angles, and Brythonian people believed it to be.  This means monsters, magic and demons exist for heroes to vanquish.

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Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs – A New Book

My new book – Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs is coming out next month.  I’ll be posting updates on Twitter and my website.

Set in the years before Beowulf’s fateful encounter with Grendel, this story begins the journey to becoming a hero king.  While he struggles with all the emotions and turmoil of a young man growing into a leader, Beowulf faces a world where powerful sorcery and deadly creatures seek to overrun the lands of the Angles.  During his journey, the Geat leader must learn from his mistakes or he will lose something more valuable than his life.  His honor!

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Fantasy Seasons on Kamin

With the hot weather spreading across my part of the world, it reminded me of the seasons of Kamin where I’ve tried to incorporate the changes of weather into the stories.  Since the Clovel Sword Chronicles is a world which has no air conditioning, heating and cooking are done with wood, and the weather forecasts require predictions from “sensitive people,” life must react to the extremes in temperature or climate.

As we become more isolated from our natural world, I find it fascinating how we complain at a slight sweat walking across the parking lot.  Or, we act like the world if falling apart when a storm ties up traffic on the way home from our cubicle.  Thinking back to our ancestors (and by extension, my characters), how long would a modern person last in the heat of summer if you dressed in heavy, wool padded undergarments, covered with steel mesh armor, and a steel helmet while you fought for your life with swords, maces, and spears?  Better yet, travel across the Neewar mountains in the same clothing during the coldest of winter while trying to stay warm on an almost domesticated ossane as you fight the blinding snow. I guess a lot of us would have dropped out of either situation in the first few minutes.

Within my stories, I’ve imagined the sounds, smells, and senses that weather brings to a person to understand how one might handle the situation.  If done correctly, incorporating the bitterly cold day or torrential rainfall of a storm within the storytelling brings the reader in close.  Suddenly, they can remember the shivering and need to blow hot breath across their frozen hands.  The reader recalls the massive drops of rain, torrents of water streaming down their face, blinding them as they run across the field.  I believe such experience is common across generations.  If so, then it can be a useful device to bring your readers into your writing, rather than an interested spectator.

UPCOMING WORK:

My new novel, Infinite Loop, should be out within the next month.  This is my first venture into a different genre.  I think of it as a paranormal mystery.  There will be more information coming soon.  I hope you will take an opportunity to look it over on my website.

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